Posts Tagged ‘alice’s adventures in wonderland

30
Dec
12

Spineless Classics Alice

alice-in-wonderlandSpineless Classics poster of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

According to their website, Spineless Classics are ‘complete, legible texts of classic books in one poster’. It really is clearly legible, although probably not the easiest reading experience. Certainly not recommended for the bath…

It contains the full text, with Alice peeping behind the curtain in the hall of doors, and with a tumble of hearts and clubs and spades and diamonds behind her.

I like the fact that the ‘Mouse’s Tale’ keeps its original type-setting.

This was my Christmas present, but you can get it on Amazon.

31
Dec
11

Illustrated by Moritz Kennel

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Illustrated by Moritz Kennel.

ISBN: 0690009844

Published by Crowell, New York, 1971. First US edition, and first in English. Hardback with dustjacket.

Kennel uses vibrant colours and strong shapes in the illustrations, giving them a real 70s look. Love ‘em. Shame I seem to be unable to find out anything about him…

 

31
Dec
11

The Philosopher’s Alice

The Philosopher’s Alice: Lewis Carroll with notes and introduction by Peter Heath. Subtitled The Thinking Man’s Guide to a Misunderstood Nursery Classic.

Tenniel illustrations

Published by Academy Editions, London, 1974. Hardcover. First Edition.

Peter Heath was a former president of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Virginia. The book is the original text (both books) with philosophical asides and comments: Heath himself says that the books show “surprising insights into abstract questions of philosophy”. Very interesting stuff: well worth a read.

On the “Raven/ Writing Desk’ riddle:

‘Shibles compares this to the unanswerable questions allegedly asked by Philosophers. But the real objection to it is that it has too many answers, namely all the innumerable negative properties that ravens share with writing desks (by which I suppose he means logical negatives like ‘neither of them have a chimney’). If these do not count then neither does the property of unanswerability which the Hatter’s riddle is supposed to share with the questions of Philosophers.’

On amazon: The Philosopher’s Alice: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

01
Nov
11

Illustrated by Jill Thompson and Jenny Frison

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Illustrated by Jill Thompson and Jenny Frison.

Published by IDW Publishing, 2010. Hardback, ?1st edition?

Both Alice books in a single volume, with internal illustrations by Jenny Frison, and front cover art by Jill Thompson.

ISBN-13: 978-1600105968

From her bio:

Jill Thompson is the most well-known, female comicbook artist working in the comics industry today. She graduated in 1987 from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and has been working non-stop as a cartoonist and illustrator ever since. She has risen to the top of the male-dominated field and has garnered acclaim for her work on WONDER WOMAN, SWAMP THING, BLACK ORCHID and the award winning title SANDMAN with Neil Gaiman.

Jenny Frison is best known as a cover artist- they seem to have switched roles for this one. She has done covers for Angel and Spike comics. You can buy the artwork from this Alice (or just have a look) here.

I do prefer the internal illustrations to the cover art- they’re softer and less sharply cartoony. I didn’t buy this when I first saw it on Amazon, as I wasn’t attracted by the cover. It wasn’t until I found it in Dave’s Comics in Brighton that I got a look inside and bought it.

Still available on Amazon: Alices Adventures in Wonderland

24
Jul
11

Illustrated by Harry Rountree

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: illustrated by Harry Rountree.

Published by Collins, date not known, but I think 1925. Small hardback book, no dustjacket.

Harry Rountree  came to London from New Zealand in 1901. He was 23 years old when he arrived, and he initially struggled. However, by the time he illustrated Alice (in 1908) he was a success. He re-visited Alice in 1925.

I bought this for a fiver as I like the Jabberwock who looks like a rabid guinea pig…

07
Jun
11

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in Pitman’s Shorthand

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in Pitman’s Shorthand  with illustrations by John Tenniel.

Intermediate stage of Pitman’s Shorthand.

New Era Edition. Published by Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons. I’m not sure of the year, but obviously pre-1971 as the price is given as 3/6.

Small paperback.

Does what it says on the tin- Alice translated into Pitman shorthand. According to wiki:

Pitman shorthand is a system of shorthand for the English language developed by Englishman Sir Isaac Pitman (1813–1897), who first presented it in 1837. Like most systems of shorthand, it is a phonetic system; the symbols do not represent letters, but rather sounds, and words are, for the most part, written as they are spoken. As of 1996, Pitman shorthand was the most popular shorthand system used in the United Kingdom and the second most popular in the United States.

This shorthand translation was first published in the American Edition of Pitman’s Journal, so apparently there are some pronunciation differences- explained in a paragraph on the first page.

Available on Amazon: Pitman’s Alice

05
Jun
11

New Adventures of “Alice”

New Adventures of “Alice” by John Rae. Illustrated by the author.

Published by P.F. Volland Company, 1917.

Hardback, first edition.

Another book imagining what Lewis Carroll might have written had he continued his “Alice” stories. This book contains 14 new chapters with illustrations inspired by Tenniel.

Betty falls asleep after reading Mother Goose, and finds a book containing the new adventures of Alice. The characters are drawn from the Nursery Rhymes that Betty has been reading…

It was a sleepy, spring-time Sunday afternoon.

Alice was lying on the grass near the garden-house reading

Mother Goose Rhymes to her kittens who were tumbling about

near her in the slanting yellow sunshine. (She often pretended the kittens were small children.) Just now she was reading “Ding Dong Bell, Pussy’s in the Well.”

“I’m sure you’ll like this one and it may prove a warning to you,” she said.

Mine is a slightly tatty copy, so was rather cheaper than the one currently for sale via abebooks for over £200….

You can see the whole book online here, or buy a modern reprint, or find the original if you’re lucky…

02
May
11

Illustrated by Willy Pogany

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: illustrated by Willy Pogany.

Published by Dover (26 Jun 2009)

ISBN-10: 0486470482

ISBN-13: 978-0486470481

Modern paperback reproduction of the book published by E.P.Dutton and Co in 1929. Black and white pictures only.

William Andrew (“Willy”) Pogany was born Vilmos Andreas Pogány in 1882 in Szeged, Hungary. After studying in Budapest, Munich and Paris he spent time in London before going to the States. He remained there until his death on 30 July 1955.

As well as work as an illustrator for books and advertisements, he was art director for several Hollywood films.

From the back cover:

Generations of children have fallen down the rabbit hole with the little girl in the pinafore, to return again and again to Wonderland. Translated into more than one hundred languages, this captivating fantasy has enchanted readers of all ages around the world. This new edition of Alice’s adventures offers a fresh look at the time-honored tale, featuring an abundance of exuberant illustrations in the elegant style of Art Nouveau.
Willy Pogány, a prolific Hungarian-born artist best known for his illustrations of classic myths and legends, created these striking drawings in 1929. Pogány’s intricate black-and-white images retain the story’s playful spirit while injecting a zesty modern air to depictions of the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, and other fantastical characters. This restoration of Pogány’s long out-of-print illustrations offers a fine introduction to a classic tale, as well as splendid addition to the collections of those already acquainted with Alice’s adventures.

Available on Amazon: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

05
Apr
11

Illustrated by Alison Jay

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: illustrated by Alison Jay.

ISBN-10: 0803729405

2006, 2nd edition hardback with dustjacket.

Published by Dial Books for Young Readers: a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.

Alison Jay was born in Hertfordshire, grew up in Derbyshire and studied at the London College of Printing, where she gained a First Class Honours degree. After graduating she worked in animation before starting to get commissions in advertising and packaging. (She illustrated a range of baby products for Crabtree and Evelyn: I love their stuff.)

Her first picture book was published in 1998, and since then she has produced a wide range of books including ‘Picture This’, ‘William and the Night Train’,’The Race’, ‘ABC Alphabet’ and ‘Welcome to the Zoo’.

She works with a quick drying oil which along with a specialist varnish, gives her pictures their distinctive craquelure.

From the publisher’s blurb:

Alison Jay has long wanted to bring her own perspective to the story. Now she shows us an exhilarating Wonderland, where Alice, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and all the rest are playfully quirky and adorably fanciful. With the complete, unabridged text and glowing full-colour illustrations on nearly every page, this lavish edition is the perfect introduction to the novel – and an elegant gift for those who are already Lewis Carroll fans.

Available on Amazon: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

27
Mar
11

Illustrated by Michael Hague

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Michael Hague.

Published by Methuen Children’s Books, London. 1985.

Hardback first edition with dustjacket.

ISBN: 0416596304

Michael Hague (1948- ) is an American illustrator  He says of his work:

I count myself as one of the most fortunate of beings. For as an artist I have not only the pleasure but the duty to daydream. It is part of my work. I have been a contented day dreamer all of my life, often to the exasperation of those around me.

I have always wanted to be a book illustrator. Books are what got me interested in the art field in the first place. I try to infuse my illustrations with the same spirit that the author or the story produced in my imagination. I strive to create something from an empty canvas that becomes a whole ‘other world’ that people can visit for a while and totally believe in. That challenge of bringing a subject to life and making it believable – and that’s what is exciting to me as an artist. It doesn’t matter whether it is a Greek myth or an American legend, my approach is the same, to try and blend fantasy with realism.

You can see a couple of the illustrations here.

Available on Amazon: Alice in Wonderland




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